Fun Fun Fun at Springtime Live

Making ice-cream, seeing chicks hatch and meeting Mr Bloom from CBeebies are just some of the hundreds of fun things to do at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s newest event, Springtime Live.

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On Sunday 3 April the Great Yorkshire Showground will throw open its gates for the action packed event which is a magnet for families and particularly those with young children. There are around 80 different workshops as well as demonstrations, stands with everything from jewellery to local food, and there will be plenty of animals to see and touch.

Elizabeth Hudson, Charities Activities Manager said: “Learning through fun activities is very much the theme of Springtime Live and it’s proved a winning formula. The animals are always very popular and it’s a chance for us to make farming really come alive for our visitors. Each year the list of things to see and do gets longer and more diverse which explains its appeal.”

The two exhibition halls are the focus for the event where old favourites can be found as well as new features. New for this year is the chance to experience what it’s like to be a jockey – albeit on a mechanical horse rather than a Grand National contender! Discover the outdoor world of a gamekeeper, or learn about riverbank life through characters from the timeless ‘Wind in the Willows’, and there’s much more.

The latest farm technology, including a huge tractor on tracks, and shiny equipment can also be seen, whilst a flavour of yesteryear will be given through the fascinating selection of vintage farm machinery.

Other attractions include:

    • Bread making
    • Soft play
    • Dry stone walling
    • Gun dog display
    • Pony and donkey rides
    • Punch and Judy Show (new for 2016)
    • Handicrafts
    • Story time sessions
    • Climbing wall with the Army
    • Music from Harrogate Jazz Band (new for 2016)
    • Have a go “One Man & His Pig” for youngsters

For the latest information and a full list of the various features and attractions go to

Ticket Information

Tickets are available to buy in advance online (booking deadline:  9am Friday 1 April)  go to alternatively, tickets are available on the gate.

Ticket Prices

In Advance* On the Gate
Adult £8 £10
Children (3 – 18 yrs) £5 £5

*50p booking fee per order

Under 3s admitted free.

Gates are open 9.30am – 4pm. Parking is free and extensive. Dogs other than assistance dogs are not permitted on the showground.


8 March 2015

Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was established in 1837 with the primary purpose of holding an agricultural show and for the furtherance and support of farming in the region. This ethos continues today, through its flagship events, the Great Yorkshire Show (Tues 12 – Thurs 14 July 2016) and Countryside Live, (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2016). 

Year round it has an active programme of events and activities supporting the farming and rural communities, particularly in the North of England. These include its Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, the Farmer-Scientist Network, the Yorkshire Rural Support Network and an extensive range of education activities aimed at increasing young people’s knowledge of the important role British farmers play in producing our food and managing the landscape.

In 2009, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society established Fodder, the award winning regional food shop and café and the Society’s commercial activities are carried out through the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which run a broad range of events from the Great Yorkshire Showground. For more information see


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling